Sonoran Science holds 5th blood drive

Sonoran Science Academy high school students and staff collected 30 pints of blood Wednesday during its fifth blood drive.

The school, which serves grades kindergarten through 12, held the drive at its Tucson campus, 2325 W. Sunset Road.

The high school students have donated more than 120 pints to the Red Cross since it began holding blood drives three years ago, according to a Sonoran Science Academy news release.

The campus’s high school Student Council originally thought of the idea when the students were searching for a way to give back to the community, said social studies teacher Danielle Randall in a statement.

“It was such a valuable opportunity for students to really understand the impact volunteering can have,” Randall said.

The school will hold three more drives during the school year.

Tucson teacher up for People mag award

Art Almquist, a Tucson High Magnet School drama teacher and theater director, is one of six finalists for People magazines’ Teacher of the Year award.

If he wins — the magazine announces the winner in a fall issue — he gets a $5,000 award, which will be shared with the school.

“Every child should have one teacher in their life like Art Almquist,” said Debi Chess Mabie, who in a nomination letter credited the Tucson drama teacher with inspiring her son to stay in school.

“Over the last 17 years, Almquist, 45, has helped hundreds of at-risk students — some homeless, many from troubled homes — graduate and go on to college. He’s inspired thousands more to express themselves through improvisation and original written works,” the nomination reads.

Read the whole nomination and cast your vote at

Wildlife museum hosting fall camp

The International Wildlife Museum is offering a Fall Day Camp for children ages 5 through 12 during the fall school break.

The program will run 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 7-11.

Activities include exploring animal topics through arts and crafts, museum explorations and hands-on activities . Snacks will be provided each day.

Children registered by Sept. 1 will receive a 20 percent discount. Family discounts are also available.

The museum is at 4800 W. Gates Pass Road.

For an application and fee information, go to the or call 629-0100, Ext. 311.

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